Wall treatments can make a big difference in the appearance of a room. The right color, texture, and pattern can make an otherwise bland space warm, inviting, and stylish.
Should you just stick to painted walls? Maybe add some wallpaper? Have you considered wooden wall paneling? There are so many options out there and it can be overwhelming just to pick one. The key is knowing what will work best with your room's overall design aesthetic and personal style.
To help you unleash your creativity, I've put together this list of my favorite types of wall treatments and some tips on how to use them effectively in your space.
Paint is the timeless go-to wall treatment
Paint is a superb option for adding a burst of color to your interiors and it offers many advantages. It’s easy enough to do yourself, it's cost-effective and the results are outstanding – and you can change the color whenever you want, giving your home an exciting new look. You can also make small changes in color or texture, which will give you an immediate refresh without having to invest much time or money into major renovations.
Look for paint with advanced properties, such as being washable and low-VOC (volatile organic compound) ratings that contribute to an environmentally friendly living space. This ensures you will get the most bang for your buck.
Wallpaper never goes out of style
Wallpaper is a popular choice for interior designers as it has evolved to be both technically advanced and aesthetically pleasing. It comes in an array of designs, textures, and effects - including beads, flock, metallic, and embossing -- all of which can add luxury to any room. Manufacturers continue to innovate, creating wallpaper that protects against fire, sound, humidity, and temperature changes. And well-hung wallpaper can also last for over 15 years—making it an extremely cost-effective product.
For me, one of the most appealing features of wallpaper is its decorative impact. Put dark, luxurious wallpaper in a room that feels too big and it will instantly feel warmer and cozier. Or, if you have a small room that needs to feel bigger and lighter, a wallpaper with metallic or neutral tones can brighten the space and add interest.
Today, there is a strong trend toward wallpaper murals that feature over-scale designs, especially nature and floral themes, which greatly impact any room. Choose over-scale design wall treatments over other wallpapers if you want to achieve a bold look.
I believe wallpaper adds elegance to any space while also making a bold statement.
Marble is the modern classic
Marble is an excellent choice for those who want to achieve a truly luxurious look. It has been used for centuries to add elegance and richness to interior spaces. It’s made from metamorphic rock that has been heated and compressed over time, which causes the minerals in the stone to crystallize into distinct areas of coloration called veins.
Marble is an attractive option for any home's walls. It lasts for ages, is extremely scratch resistant, and reflects light beautifully making it a stunning addition to any room. It's a natural insulator, keeping rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And marble is also an eco-friendly choice since it's a natural material.
Marble is available in so many different colors, patterns, and textures that you're sure to find something that will suit both your taste and the decor of your home. If you are looking for wall treatments and you want something sleek and modern but timeless at the same time, marble is the way to go!
Tile Is a Perennial Favorite
Ceramic wall tiles have many benefits that make them an ideal choice for your home. For one thing, they are incredibly cost-effective—they're made from clay, which is a natural resource, that's abundant and affordable. They also come in various colors (from warm earth tones to bright white) and styles (from classic to contemporary) that allow you to match any type of decor. They can add a touch of elegance or contemporary style to any room of your house without having to compromise on functionality.
Ceramic wall tiles are made to last. Their resistance to moisture and humidity means that they're also resistant to mold, bacteria, and fungi. Ceramic tiles are harder than others to scratch or stain, so they can be kept looking great for years. They're easier to clean than most other kinds of tile, making them ideal for kitchens and bathrooms where there's likely to be a lot of dirt, grease, and so on being tracked in from the outside world.
Finally, ceramic wall tiles are environmentally friendly: when you choose them for your home or office, you're not just choosing something that looks great—you're also choosing something that supports sustainability efforts everywhere!
Wood Paneling: The Comeback
Wood paneling has a long history in home design. Ancient Egyptians used it to provide insulation and a decorative touch, while Europeans during the Renaissance era embraced wood paneling because it created a warm atmosphere that made people feel cozy and comfortable.
Wooden interior wall paneling is a great way to add the same warmth to the interior of your home. This can be achieved through using different wood types and finishes, as well as by making sure that there’s plenty of variation between each piece of wall paneling. For example, if you have wooden floorings and cabinets in your kitchen area, it makes sense to choose a lighter shade for your wall paneling (such as light oak). However, if you have darker wood floorings throughout the rest of the house then perhaps go with something like walnut or mahogany instead.
Wooden interior wall paneling provides more than just a decorative look for the home. The solid wood paneling acts as a barrier against the elements, sealing out drafts and keeping the heat in during cold months and cool air during hot months. It's also a great sound absorber, as it absorbs sound waves and helps reduce noise.
Wood is a natural product, and as such, it's a renewable resource. This means that wood is not only sustainable but also durable, meaning that the wall paneling you install in your home will last for many years to come. Interior wall paneling can be painted, stained, or left natural—the final look is up to you!
When you're decorating your home, many different types of wall treatments can enhance the appearance of your space. From wood paneling to metal tile, there are plenty of factors to consider before making a decision. However, you don't always need to go big when you're designing—sometimes, a small change can make a huge difference in your home's overall look and feel. The key is finding the right small elements that fit nicely into your overall design scheme without overpowering other parts of your room. Whatever your specific needs and interests might be, there's a type of wall covering out there for everyone.
Santiago Bernal is a Colombian-born designer whose work includes residences and hospitality interiors for clients throughout North and South America, the Caribbean Islands, and Europe. Santiago's design philosophy is to create beautiful spaces with classic elegance that harmonize with their surroundings and tread lightly on the planet. If you want to create a more comfortable and restful environment for your family, please contact us.